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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Nov 6, 2011 8:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Yes!!!!!!!

I think China/Rider is the quintessence of the Grateful Dead - for me, it's the one thing that encapsulates what they were all about more than anything else they ever did. The dancing and weaving through China Cat's word pictures; the hang on for your life highspeed cornering through the chicanes of a good transitional jam; that lift you out of your seat feeling of joy when they hit the first chords of Rider; and then the cavalry charge to the triumphant life-affirming finish. I never get tired of it.

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Nov 6, 2011 8:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Yes!!!!!!!

hey rob, don't misinterpret this as taking a stab at you.

for me it's dark star that perfectly encapsulates the band's essence and full musical capabilities. in a china>rider they always stuck to the basic structure of the song. this restraint prohibited them from delving deep into the realms of exploration that they would reach with a dark star. a ds is so unpredictable, which is its most exciting feature to me. there's just so much room for exploration, and for the boys to really open up and intertwine their notes to achieve a magnificent musical opus. if i had to pick one song to showcase the band's abilities it would most certainly be a ds.

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Poster: rastamon Date: Nov 6, 2011 9:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Yes!!!!!!!

ok, no comments on the 82min CD. I guess it's just sour grapes on my part. Hell, I don't care for Promised land that much anywho, Mr Miller.

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Nov 6, 2011 9:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Yes!!!!!!!

sorry rasta, i didn't intentionally snub you.

i can't really help you with that unfortunately, as i never make those 80 min cd's. i make the data discs in itunes, so i can fit like 50 songs on a cd. i'm fairly certain that if you overburn it will compress the quality a bit. however with 2 minutes over, it won't be noticeable at all.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Nov 6, 2011 9:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Yes!!!!!!!

There's more than enough fruit on the Grateful Dead tree for each and every one of us to pick whatever looks most appealing. You're obviously far from alone in nominating Dark Star as being the Grateful Dead's greatest achievement - and I wouldn't necessarily argue with you about that. But I choose China/Rider because, and I'm repeating myself from a year or two ago, it fuses originality and tradition, and, to me, it is a microcosm of what the Grateful Dead were all about. Dark Star, for all its undoubted magnificence, was just one facet of the Grateful Dead diamond.